After treading a newspaper career path as a photo-journalist that became a globe-trotting odyssey – with stints in Canada, America, the Caribbean and Middle East – Hugh Ash became a senior editor on several, UK national titles (Mirror Group & Express Newspapers) in a variety of production and writing roles.
In 2002, however, he took up the gauntlet of becoming Fleet Street’s Man in Mallorca, a uniquely cosmopolitan island he’d come to know intimately from the days he and his wife, Barbara, had a holiday pied-a-terre there.
Eight years on a new genre of writing beckoned and, from reporting news, Hugh turned to creating fiction.
His novels are pacy, edgy, intriguing crime/espionage thrillers, always packing a surprise twist in their tales, and he uses his adopted island in the sun – its chequered history, fascinating culture and remarkably stoical people – as an absorbing backdrop.
To date he has produced two, highly-imaginative books, The Mallorca Assignment and The Mallorca Correspondent, which draws on some of his own, splendidly-colourful reporting experiences.
Now Hugh is planning to finish his island-based triology with a third – The Mallorca Money Changer – a chiller of a hard-hitting, factional insight into the murky world of drugs, money-laundering and fraud, all inexorably linked to the tentacles of international terrorism
Meanwhile, he continue to work as an investigative photo-journalist and broadcaster, covering Spain’s Balearic Islands.
Hugh also author an award-winning news blog (hughash.wordpress.com) and a weekly column each Sunday for the Majorca Daily Bulletin, Spain's only English-language daily newspaper.
He is represented by the Smart Talent Literary Agency (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Mallorca Correspondent
by Hugh Ash
Maverick newsman Nick Keller will go to any lengths for a scoop.
But when he stumbles on the truth behind the slaying of two call-girls, he puts his life on his by-line.
Because behind the murder lies a plot to blackmail a government minister into revealing the West's cyber warfare secrets.
Only one person can save Keller - Inspector Mercedes Ibanez, who loathes the Mallorca correspondent.
The Mallorca Assignment
by Hugh Ash
As the body count mounts, so do the burning questions...
Are the murders a prelude to Omar’s jihadis slaughtering thousands?
Why doesn’t the CIA want the police to thwart the spectre of terror casting a shadow over the Spanish sun?
And - in a spellbinding race against time - can haughty Inspector Mercedes Ibanez and tetchy British cop, Harry Hudson, put aside their animosity to halt an apocalypse?